MSc (Kin) Courses

Below is a list of courses normally offered by HKR. Courses vary each term depending on instructor availability.

HKR 6000 - Quantitative Research Methods*
This course is a critical examination of methodological research issues and quantitative research designs in the field of human kinetics and recreation. It examines and applies various statistical analysis techniques that can be used in a variety of research designs. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and implications of empirical quantitative research. Students will learn statistics using either R or SPSS software applications.
* pre-requisite is an undergraduate statistics course

HKR 6001 - Qualitative Research Methods
This course will introduce students to a number of qualitative research methodologies used in the education field. Some knowledge of the objectives of scientific inquiry is expected, although no prior exposure to qualitative methods is assumed. The course is designed to assist students in acquiring fundamental knowledge and skills in qualitative research. Further, the course is aimed to train graduate students in qualitative research methodology, from conceptualization, through design and data collection processes for use in their graduate studies and as an applied research methodology for problem investigation, problem solving and evaluation in educational administration and other related fields.

HKR 6201 - Foundations of Sport Psychology and Mental Training Techniques
This course aims to introduce students to the delivery of sport psychology techniques and enhance their current understanding of mental training. The first part of the course focuses on The Practice of Sport Psychology, including the fundamentals of counselling, assessing clients, and intervening with clients. The second part of the course targets Mental Skills Training, such as anxiety, concentration, and imagery.

HKR 6202 - Intervention and Enhancement Techniques in Mental Training Consultation
This course explores evidence-based intervention and enhancement techniques used in mental training consultation for athletes, performers, and other clients. Through readings, case studies, and practical application exercises, students will learn how to design, implement, and evaluate mental training programs to enhance performance, manage anxiety, and promote psychological well-being. Topics covered include cognitive-behavioural interventions, mindfulness-based techniques, and self-regulation strategies. By the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of the key principles and techniques of mental training consultation and will be prepared to apply these skills in their professional practices in kinesiology and related fields.

HKR 6203 - Sport Psychology Consultation
This course provides an in-depth exploration of sport psychology consultation, including the skills, knowledge, and strategies needed to work with athletes, coaches, and teams effectively. Students will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of sport psychology, including motivation, self-efficacy, and goal-setting, and how to apply these principles to enhance performance, manage stress, and promote mental toughness. Through case studies and practical exercises, students will gain experience conducting assessments, designing and implementing intervention plans, and evaluating outcomes.

HKR 6310 - Exercise Physiology I
By the end of the course, students should possess a comprehensive knowledge of applied and basic physiology of the neuromuscular system (from motoneurone to muscle). In addition, students will comprehend the adaptations that occur to these systems with both acute and chronic activity. Students will be able to critically read research articles and use some experimental techniques to demonstrate concepts.

HKR 6314 - Graduate Seminar Series (repeatable, non-credit)
Students participate in seminars throughout the term. Specific seminar topics are determined each term.

HKR 6320 - Exercise Physiology II
Human locomotion depends on energy production and utilization. To meet the energy demand of a task, biological systems rely on the form – the structural design of an organism – and the function – the functional performance. A form serves a function that advances the higher interests of the organism. The balance between parts of a said biological system is required to ensure adequate functions, which are themselves the complex result of interactions. Therefore, the relation between form and function determines how the body responds to environmental stresses.

HKR 6330 - The Application and Implementation of Kinesiology Technologies
The value of any research finding is only as good as the data used. As such, it is important for anyone collecting data to have a sound understanding of the data they are collecting, the data collection instruments being used, and the post-collection processing techniques employed. This course is designed to provide students undertaking laboratory-based, quantitative research with the knowledge needed to collect and process biological signals. The course will focus on understanding the nature of biological signals, signal-to-noise enhancement and some basic data analysis techniques and exposing students to specific transducers and data collection/analysis techniques.

HKR 6335 - Work Organization and Health
This course addresses the political, economic, health system and workplace factors that contribute to workplace environments and the health of workers. Integrating knowledge across a broad spectrum of disciplines will inform conceptual frameworks for how the health of the working population is affected by these broad contexts. Sessions will start as broad-based problems that will develop content knowledge in specific areas/disciplines and then move on to problems that target specific types of health issues requiring students to integrate knowledge across those different areas/disciplines. Students will study problems on the determinants of health of workers in a variety of contexts using a transdisciplinary approach.

HKR 6360 - Knowledge Translation: Applications for HKR and OHS Research
Knowledge translation (KT), exchange (KE) and mobilization (KMb) are all terms that have been used to describe the process involved in bridging the research to policy and/or practice gap. The focus of the course will be on the theory and application of KT in human kinetics and recreation (HKR) and occupational health and safety (OHS) scientific disciplines with the goal of promoting evidence-based practice and research utilization. Various stakeholder perspectives and settings will be examined from the perspective of how research evidence can be implemented into daily practice through effective KT interventions. The content of the course will be grounded in the application of various KT/implementation theories.

HKR 6370 - Movement and Neural Science
This course is designed to develop and extend concepts involving the neural control of movement. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the basic neurophysiology underlying acute and chronic changes in nervous system excitability, with a focus on the brain and spinal cord, in response to altered activity levels. Students will also learn various stimulation and recording techniques to assess human cortical and spinal excitability.

HKR 6710-6719 - Individual Reading and Research
Individual reading and research courses are developed to meet the specific needs of each student.